2020 MIT Energy Initiative Annual Research Conference:

Developing and deploying key decarbonization technologies: Science, students, and scale

November 16-17, 2020
Virtual event

MITEI’s Annual Research Conference seeks to frame the key technology, policy, and economic drivers that are shaping today’s energy industry and its future. This year’s theme is Developing and deploying key decarbonization technologies: Science, students, and scale.

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Opening remarks

MITEI continues to play key role in Institute’s efforts to mitigate climate change; it played a major role in developing the 2019-2020 MIT Climate Action Symposia series—the last in the series, which is happening this afternoon, will look at “What is the World Waiting For? Policies to Fight Climate Change” and is chaired by our own John Deutch. We hope you’ll tune in from 2-4 pm ET. The event will be livestreamed on the MIT Climate Portal at climate.mit.edu.

MITEI played a key role in support of MIT’s Climate Action Plan, which was announced in the Fall of 2015 and led to the development of MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers—two of which you’ll hear from in tomorrow’s program (CCUS and Mobility Systems). We compiled a “Progress and Outcomes” report that highlights MITEI’s myriad research, education, and outreach efforts from October 2015 through June 2020, which you can access by visiting energy.mit.edu/progress.

The underlying analytic tool constitutes more than a thousand individual energy pathways. SESAME, developed as a MATLAB application, provides a consistent platform to estimate life cycle GHG emissions of all stages of the energy sector. Furthermore, the system representation is embedded into the tool for power and transportation sectors. We are pleased to share that beta testing for the open source application opened up in mid-2020, and we are planning to release the tool online by the end of the year. Check out the SESAME tool website, including a look at our COVID-19 dashboard, which tracks U.S. energy consumption from March 16 to today, at sesame.mit.edu.



Schedule

Monday, November 16
9:00-9:15 am ET Welcome and opening remarks
Robert C. Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
9:15-10:30 am ET The role of the university in educating for the energy transition
Moderator: Antje Danielson, Director of Education, MIT Energy Initiative
Speakers:
Angela Knight, Senior Manager University Recruitment & Strategic Partnerships, Chevron
Torben Orla Nielsen, Science Attaché, Innovation Centre Denmark Boston
James Rincon, Manager & Corporate Innovation Lead, CEO Office, Avangrid
Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning, MIT
10:30-11:45 am ET Multidisciplinary approaches to low-carbon fuels
Moderator: Desiree Plata, Gilbert W. Winslow (1937) Career Development Professor in Civil Engineering; Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Speakers:
Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
Emre Gençer, Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative
Asegun Henry, Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor; Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Yogesh Surendranath, Paul M. Cook Career Development Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, MIT
11:45 am-1:00 pm ET Decarbonizing industry
Moderator: Emre Gençer, Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative
Speakers:
Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor, Department of Material Science and Engineering, MIT
Karthish Manthiram, Theodore T. Miller Career Development Chair, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Joseph Powell, Chief Scientist, Chemical Engineering, Shell
Bilge Yildiz, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
1:00-2:00 pm ET

MITEI student research: Poster session

ExxonMobil Energy Fellow Francesco Benedetti presenting on “Advancements in polymer membranes for gas separation”
Video

Lisa Doh Himawan, ’88, sponsored Undergraduate Researcher Enrique Esparza-Villarreal presenting on “Use of exclusive and pooled ridehailing services in three Mexican cities”
Video

ExxonMobil Energy Fellow Omer Karaduman presenting on “Large scale wind power investment’s impact on wholesale electricity market”
Video

ExxonMobil Energy Fellow Sarah Khanniche presenting on “Accelerating the clean energy revolution with accelerated nanomaterial discovery”
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ExxonMobil Energy Fellow Laureen Meroueh presenting on “Effects of doping and microstructural variables on hydrogen generated via aluminum water reactions Enabled by a Liquid Metal”
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Alfred Thomas Guertin, ’60, sponsored Undergraduate Researcher Shreyaa Raghavan presenting on “Tackling Data Scarcity in Materials Research: Using Semi-supervised, Adversarial Training to Improve Classification of X-ray Diffraction Patterns”
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Chevron Energy Fellow Zachary Schiffer presenting on “Ionic Liquids as Safe, Energy-Dense Electrochemical Fuels”
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Tuesday, November 17
8:00-8:55 am ET MITEI General Seed Fund Project annual check-up
Moderator: Robert Stoner, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative
Speakers:
Daniel Schwalbe-Koda, PhD candidate, MIT presenting on “Automatic Design of Structure-Directing Agents for Novel Realizable Zeolites”
Anthony J. Sinskey, Professor, Department of Biology, MIT presenting on “Biodegradation of Plastics for Efficient Recycling and Bioremediation”
Shuai Yuan, Postdoctoral researcher, MIT presenting on “Direct Conversion of Methane to Methanol By MOF-Based Electrocatalysts”
9:00-10:00 am ET Keynote: The New Map: A conversation with Daniel Yergin
Moderator: Robert Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Speakers:
Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit
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10:15-11:45 am ET Getting to net zero: The role of CCUS
Moderator: T. Alan Hatton, Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering and Co-Director, Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Center, an MIT Energy Initiative Low-Carbon Energy Center
Speakers:
Betar Gallant, ABS Career Development Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Howard J. Herzog, Senior Research Engineer, MIT Energy Initiative
Dharik Mallapragada, Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative
Jennifer Morris, Research Scientist, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and MIT Energy Initiative
11:45 am-1:00 pm ET Tackling sustainable mobility: Ongoing research from MITEI’s Mobility Systems Center and new collaborations with the MIT Mobility Initiative
Moderator: Randall Field, Executive Director, Mobility System Center, an MIT Energy Initiative Low-Carbon Energy Center
Speakers:
William H. Green, Hoyt C. Hottel Professor in Chemical Engineering; Postdoctoral Officer, MIT; Co-Director, Mobility System Center, an MIT Energy Initiative Low-Carbon Energy Center
Joanna Moody, Research Program Manager, Mobility Systems Center, an MIT Energy Initiative Low-Carbon Energy Center
Jessika Trancik, Associate Professor, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, MIT
Jinhua Zhao, Director, MIT Mobility Initiative; Associate Professor of Transportation and City Planning, MIT; Co-Director, Mobility System Center, an MIT Energy Initiative Low-Carbon Energy Center
1:00 pm ET Closing remarks
Robert Stoner, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative